As cliche as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2015 is over. I could swear that just a few weeks ago we were sitting on our deck enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
Now the hustle and bustle of Christmas are behind us and we are looking hopefully toward a new year in 2016.
Before totally engulfing myself in a new year of blogging, I always find it fun (and enlightening) to review our blog stats from the previous year.
Recipes make up a large part of our blog content, so I always love to look back at the most popular recipe posts from the past year.
I did a similar thing last year when I listed the Top 20 Recipes of 2014.
The following list of recipes is the top ten of our most visited in 2015. They are listed in descending order of popularity.
(Side note: the recipe for Broccoli Salad was wildly popular, it had twice as many visitors as the second place recipe!)
The Top 10 Recipes of 2015
#1) Broccoli Salad ~ There is a very good reason for the longevity of Broccoli Salad. It is simple to make, delicious can be made ahead of time (bonus!) and is easily customizable to suit your own family’s likes and needs. Set your imagination free and switch up the ingredients to make this recipe your own.
#2) Seafood Linguine ~ We make this delicious Seafood Linguine two or three times a year; almost always to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, Christmas or a family celebration. It isn’t difficult to make and we usually all gather in the kitchen with a glass of wine and everyone pitches in to help.
#3) Caramelized Brussel Sprout & Bacon ~ Over the years my daughter and I have often experimented with the cooking of this vegetable and have finally come up with a winning recipe. My daughter, Shannon, is actually the author of this delicious recipe for Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. As much as I would like to claim this recipe and the accompanying photos as mine, they are all hers.
#4) Sex in a Pan ~ Not sure how this yummy treat received its name, but I do know, the name is worthy of the dessert! I have made Sex in a Pan off and on now for the past twenty or more years. This is a bit of a throwback/retro type of dessert that you don’t see every day.
#5) Breakfast in a Skillet ~ This breakfast is very simple to make, delicious and a little different from the regular Breakfast Bakes I tend to make. Perfect for lazy Saturdays and special occasions, in fact, this may be our new go-to recipe for Christmas breakfast.
#6) Apple Crisp ~ We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire. It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat.
#7) Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread ~ What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but to head to the kitchen and start baking! We had a big ham dinner on New Years Day and a couple of days later, to my surprise, had some ham still remaining! So for dinner that night, to serve with the ham, I decided to make a big batch of homemade baked beans and a couple loaves of my grandmother’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread. I have modified her original bread recipe just a bit, but the results are still as fabulous!
#8) Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia ~ I used my old standby pizza dough recipe and the resulting focaccia was beautifully light and delicious! It was especially good cut into large wedges and dipped in some nice olive oil and balsamic vinegar…YUM!
#9) Chocolate Mousse Squares ~ The first time I had these deliciously decadent, Chocolate Mousse Squares was several years ago. A fellow nurse and I were working the week-end shift in the Operating Room and she brought in a pan of these squares as a little dinnertime treat!
#10) Oven Subs ~ My husband first made these delicious Oven Subs several years ago, I have been hooked ever since! We will often have them on a Friday or Saturday evening when we are looking for a simple meal that requires minimal preparation and time.
Hope you have enjoyed this list of The Top 10 Recipes of 2015. If you make any of these recipes, drop me a note and let me know how it turned out.
As always, if you have any questions at all about these or any of the recipes on the blog, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer your questions.